Watch these movies at your own discretion. I am not responsible for time lost or experience gained.
My Week with Marilyn (2011) stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, and Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark. It’s about the relationship Colin Clark forms with Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl. It also stars Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh, Geraldine Somerville as Lady Jane Clark, Judi Dench as Dame Sybil Thorndike, Dominic Cooper as Milton Green, Emma Watson as Lucy, and Dougray Scott as Arthur Miller. It is rated R for some language. This biography, drama film runs 1 hour and 39 minutes.
First reason to see it: Michelle Williams playing Marilyn Monroe
Second reason to see it: Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh interacting as insistent actress and exhausted director as Monroe and Olivier
One reason maybe to not see it: the familiarity of the story
Mortdecai (2015) stars Johnny Depp as Mortdecai, Paul Bettany as Jock, and Ewan McGregor as Martland. It’s about Charlie Mortdecai’s race to find a stolen painting at the request of Martland. It also stars Jonny Pasvolsky as Emil, Olivia Munn as Georgina, Ulrich Thomsen as Romanov, and Normal Atallah as Bronwen. It is rated R for some language and sexual material. This action, comedy, crime film runs 1 hour and 47 minutes.
First reason to see it: Johnny Depp as Mortdecai
Second reason to see it: Bettany and Depp interacting as bodyguard and art dealer
One reason maybe to not see it: the over usage of Mortdecai’s mustache schtick
Chappaquiddick (2017) stars Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy, Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne, Ed Helms as Joseph Gargan, and Jim Gaffigan as Paul Markham. It’s about the Ted Kennedy car incident where a woman drowned and the lengths his team takes to save his political career. It also stars Olivia Thirlby as Rachel, Clancy Brown as Robert McNamara, and Bruce Dern as Joseph Kennedy. It is rated PG-13 for thematic material, disturbing images, some strong language, and historical smoking. This drama, history, thriller runs 1 hour and 46 minutes.
First reason to see it: Jason Clarke’s performance as Ted Kennedy
Second reasons to see it: to see what happened behind closed doors after the accident
One reason maybe to not see it: the story’s overall pacing
Rise of the Guardians (2012) stars Chris Pine as Jack Frost, Alec Baldwin as North, Jude Law as Pitch, Isla Fisher as Tooth, and Hugh Jackman as Bunny. It’s about Jack Frost’s role in saving the children from a dark force called Pitch. It also stars Dakota Goyo as Jamie Bennett, Georgie Grieve as Sophie Bennett, Olivia Mattingly as Pippa, and Dominique Grund as Cupcake. It is rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action. This animation, action, adventure film runs 1 hour and 37 minutes.
First reason to see it: the animation and visual effects
Second reason to see it: Hugh Jackman as Bunny
One reason maybe to not see it: the slow start of the film
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) stars Patton Oswalt as Max, Kevin Hart as Snowball, Harrison Ford as Rooster, Tiffany Haddish as Daisy, and Lake Bell as Chloe. It’s about Max, the Jack Russell Terrier, having to adjust to his owner getting married and having a child. It also stars Eric Stonestreet as Duke, Jenny Slate as Gidget, Dana Carvey as Pops, and Nick Kroll as Sergei. It is rated PG for some action and rude humor. This animation, adventure, comedy film runs 1 hour and 26 minutes.
First reason to see it: Kevin Hart as Snowball
Second reason to see it: Nick Kroll as Sergei
One reason maybe to not see it: the fact it’s a kid’s movie